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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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George Macdonald. (1824–1905) (continued)
    We must do the thing we must
  Before the thing we may;
We are unfit for any trust
  Till we can and do obey.
          Willie’s Question.
    You would not think any duty small,
  If you yourself were great.
          Willie’s Question.
    The man that feareth, Lord, to doubt,
  In that fear doubteth thee.
          The Disciple.
      Age is not all decay; it is the ripening, the swelling, of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husks.
          The Marquess of Lossie.
      A true friend is forever a friend.
          The Marquess of Lossie.
Julia A. Fletcher Carney. (1824–1908)
    Little drops of water, little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean and the pleasant land.
So the little minutes, humble though they be,
Make the mighty ages of eternity.
          Little Things, 1845. 1 
    Little deeds of kindness, little words of love,
Help to make earth happy like the heaven above.
          Little Things, 1845.
Adelaide Anne Procter. (1825–1864)
    I do not ask, O Lord, that life may be
  A pleasant road.
          Per Pacem ad Lucem.
    I know too well the poison and the sting
    Of things too sweet.
          Per Pacem ad Lucem.
Note 1.
This poem has been variously attributed to Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1810–1897); to Daniel Clement Colesworthy (1810–1893), and to Mrs. Frances S. Osgood (1811–1850). [back]